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Save the Children Philippines fears 20 million children at risk from devastating impact of Typhoon Goni

November 1, 2020

MORE than 20 million children in the most populous island of Luzon face multiple risks of injury, displacement and even deaths as powerful Typhoon Goni (local name: Rolly) is set to pummel coastal and landmass areas, including capital Manila over the weekend, according to Save the Children Philippines.   Typhoon Goni is forecasted to upgrade to a super typhoon in the next 12 hours prior to its landfall in the eastern provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines early Sunday, the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.   Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines, has called on local and national government leaders to protect the most vulnerable sector of children, pregnant and lactating mothers who face life-threatening impacts of typhoon Goni, which is expected to bring violent winds, and heavy rains that will cause storm surges and flooding in the coming days.   Luzon is home to 65 million population including 27.2 million children (Philippine Statistics Authority, 2020) which will be hit hard by the typhoon particularly Bicol region, Southern Tagalog, Central Luzon,  and Metro Manila. Typhoon Goni is the 18th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and the fifth in October, surpassing the PAG-ASA average of three typhoons in a month.   “Children from poor households in the coastal towns and remote provinces will bear the brunt of the impact of typhoon Goni as their homes are made of light materials that are easily destroyed by strong winds,” said Muyot.   As local governments implement pre-emptive measures, children and their families will have to stay in   cramped evacuation areas, exposing them to COVID-19 and other life-threatening diseases, hunger and possible abuse and violence.   A 10-member humanitarian team from Save the Children Philippines will be deployed on Tuesday, November 3rd, to Southern and Central Luzon provinces to conduct rapid assessment of the impact of Typhoon Goni, and identify the support for children.   The child rights organization has prepositioned life-saving items including household kits with basic necessities for families, tarpaulins to build emergency shelters, and hygiene kits in stock so people can take COVID-19 preventative measures.   Both tracks and intensity of Typhoon Goni are expansive with maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 265 km/h, comparable to super typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) that flattened Visayas provinces, and killed more than 6,300 people including children in November 2013. (PR)

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Minalungao National Park

November 1, 2020

Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Inc. (COPC) President Dr Manny Jaudian enjoys swimming at Lake Pinatubo, one of the tourist attractions in Minalungao National Park, Sitio Minalungao, Barangay Pias General Tinio, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Gerry Gorit

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Local tourist attraction

November 1, 2020

Nature has taken a long a break during the pandemic and it is now time to let the public enjoy the pristine water of Pinatubo Lake that surrounds the Minalungao National Park in sitio Minalungao, Barangay Pias General Tinio, Nueva Ecija province. Some say that there is a need to re-open the national park to resuscitate to life the tourism driven economy. Photo by Gerry Gorit

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Paintings for sale

November 1, 2020

A local painter displays his works at Php2,500 each  at a park in Roxas Boulevard in Manila to augment his family's income in this time of pandemic brought about by Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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Calesa driver

November 1, 2020

The driver of a calesa (horse-drawn carriage) fixes his calesa in Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Aside from Covid-19, Luzon is now bracing for the super typhoons. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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Cruise ship in Manila port

November 1, 2020

A cruise ship docks at a port in Manila a few days prior to the coming of super typhoons. Manila is now under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) due to Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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